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Department of Physics & Astronomy


Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy

Physics is the study of matter and energy at all scales, from the sub-nuclear to the dimensions of the universe. It is the fundamental science — all other sciences and technologies rely on the principles of physics.

Physics involves observing and understanding natural phenomena. It is evident in the world around us in everything from the seasons, the motion of objects, the flight of birds, the night sky and the weather, to lasers, electronics and the technology we rely on today. Astronomy teaches you how to study objects at a distance and interpret the information gathered. This helps us begin to understand the universe we live in. The skills you will learn in astronomy are also applicable to remote sensing and its application to environmental problems.

Department Highlights

Alicia Anderson

With support and resilience, Anderson excels through adversity

While learning is the essence of a post-secondary experience, it is not limited to what is found in textbooks or studied in the lab. For Alicia Anderson (BSc ’20), discovering the depth of her resilience might just be the most poignant lesson of the last five years.

Anderson, who has already started her master’s program at the University of Lethbridge, completed her undergraduate degree this spring working with Dr. David Naylor as part of the Astronomical Instrumentation Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. She also balanced five years of backstopping the Pronghorns women’s hockey program as one of the most accomplished goaltenders in Canada West history.

Adam Christiansen

"Movers & Shakers"

Check out University of Lethbridge graduate student Adam Christiansen, featured in the latest issue of the PEG, the online magazine of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Saurya Das

U of L researchers awarded more than $1.8 million in NSERC funding

Congratulations to Dr. Saurya Das, one of eleven University of Lethbridge researchers that have been awarded Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants worth approximately $1.8 million, payable in instalments of anywhere from one to five years.

“University of Lethbridge researchers were very successful this year, with 11 out of 14 applications being awarded funding,” says Dr. Erasmus Okine, U of L vice-president (Research). “This funding of almost $2 million demonstrates the calibre of research our scientists are engaged in and I congratulate each one of them.”


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